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A guide to using the citation management tool Zotero.

Other Citation Management Tools

Visit our EndNote and Mendeley guides to learn about other options for citation management.

Learning Technologies Librarian

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Brittni Ballard
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Albert S. Cook Library, Room 524D

What is Zotero?

Zotero is a free, open source citation management software. Citation management software—which includes other tools like EndNote and Mendeley—allows you to: 

  • Conveniently and securely store, organize, and track sources based on project, class, theme, etc.
  • Quickly generate citations and bibliographies in any style.
  • Easily find sources you’ve previously saved.
  • Practice active (and collaborative!) reading by digitally highlighting and commenting on PDFs.

What is Citation Management Software?

This brief video details how citation management software can save you time and energy while researching. It demos EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero. It features closed captions and audio narration. To navigate the various sections of this 8-minute video, please watch it on YouTube to access the Table of Contents in the Description field.